Miya Escapes War-hit Ukraine, Finds Safe Haven in UK

Following the ongoing war in Ukraine, Uganda Cranes forward Farouk Miya has finally flown out to the United Kingdom to save his life.

Miya is now in the UK and reportedly staying with former Crystal Palace player Ibra Ssekajja.

The former Vipers forward was in stands last evening watching the English National League South game between Sekajja’s Dulwich against Braintree.

Farouk Miya in action. Courtesy photo

This comes at a time when the football fraternity have been worried about the safety of the Uganda Cranes forward who plies his trade at Ukrainian club FC Lviv.

He had joined the Ukrainian side earlier this year in January as a free agent ever since being released by Turkish Premier league outfit Konyaspor at the end of 2020/21 season.

The Ukrainian league was set to kick start last week on Friday and Miya was most likely was to have his debut against FK Oleskandria the following day on Saturday.

However, following the instabilities in the country, the league was suspended for atleast 30 days without action.

Previously, Miya has featured for a number of Clubs that include Vipers here in Uganda, Belgian Standard Liege (2016-18), loan spells at Royal Excel Mouscron (2017) and FK Sabail (2018/ and HNL Gorica (18/19).

For the Uganda Cranes National team, Miya is most remembered for scoring the only goal against Comoros in 2017 at Namboole that guided Uganda to the AFCON breaking the 39 years jinx.


Sport Greatly Affected

On Thursday, the Russian forces launched a military assault on Ukraine and have bombed military targets in near big cities.

Over 120,000 have left the Ukraine since Russia’s invasion.

UEFA condemned the Invasion and has since moved this year’s Champions League final from St Petersburg (Russian City) to Paris (France) on May 28.

Germany club Schalke 04 have ended their partnership with Gazprom (Russian company).

Man United have also ended their ties with Russian company Aeroflo.

Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place at the Sochi Autodrom on 25 September, has been cancelled. 

Nations like Poland, Sweden and Czech republic who are set to face Russia are contemplating on not honouring the respective games.

Clubs from Russia and Ukraine that play in Uefa competitions will have to host matches at neutral venues.



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